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October 17, 2018 at 6:20 pm #72155
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Freshman Nick Cover, sophomore David Dixon and senior Averly Hobbs of the West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have earned Big 12 swimming and diving bi-weekly awards, as announced by the conference on Wednesday.
Dixon was named the Big 12 Men’s Swimmer of the Week, while Cover and Hobbs were selected as the Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Divers of the Week, respectively.
The trio helped the Mountaineers win 39 of 40 total events at the West Virginia State Games, from Oct. 12-13, in Huntington, West Virginia.
“Congrats to David, who had a very tough swim schedule last week,” WVU coach Vic Riggs said. “He came out with some very solid swims.”
“Nick and Averly have been working hard and making the most of the start of the season,” diving coach Michael Grapner said. “It’s a nice feather in their cap, and it will help them to stay motivated. They both have some big goals for the season, and I think this recognition is an outstanding achievement for them to add to their resumes.”
Dixon won five individual events and added five relay victories at the State Games last weekend. He won the 200 individual medley in 1:51.23 and the 100 butterfly in 48.87, before he took the 400 IM (4:05.60), 200 breaststroke (2:04.63) and 200 fly (1:47.04). The Richmond, Virginia, native and 2018 NCAA Championships qualifier also helped the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays and 200 and 400 medley relay teams to wins at the in-state competition, allowing him to be a part of 10 total victories at the two-day meet.
The weekly accolade is the second of Dixon’s career. He also was named the Big 12 Men’s Swimmer of the Week last season (Jan. 24).
Cover made his collegiate debut at the West Virginia State Games and won his first career event. The freshman took the 1-meter dive with an NCAA Zones-qualifying score of 317.55. Later, Cover placed third on 3-meter with a score of 246.45.
Hobbs earned a sweep on springboard at the State Games. First, she won the 3-meter dive by tallying a score of 270.75. She topped that performance by earning a Zones-qualifying score of 275.25 on 1-meter in her second first-place finish of the weekend.
The Mountaineers earned a pair of victories at the season-opening meet at Marshall’s Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium. The men’s team (1,829 points) won the West Virginia State Games for the eighth consecutive season, while the women’s team (1,462.5 points) placed first for the seventh time in eight years.
WVU returns to Morgantown to host its home opener on Oct. 19-20, at the WVU Natatorium. The Mountaineers welcome in Big East foes Seton Hall and Xavier for a two-day tri-meet. Friday’s action begins with diving at 4 p.m. ET, before swimming events commence at 6 p.m. The competition continues Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.0
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